Dating vintage gretsch guitars
This is the best way to narrow down the possible date of your vintage Gretsch drums. The first Gretsch badge, introduced in the 1930s and in use until the 1970s, was a round brass over nickel badge nailed to the drum with upholstery tacks. There have been 10 badges in Gretsch history, all of which can be found on the Gretsch website to help you identify the general time period of your Gretsch (see Resources). Gretsch drums came in distinct colors and changed through the years.
The owner had bought it as a project decades earlier and finally admitted he would never get around to finishing it. what's under the hood is just as important as how she looks!!!
I recently dug one out to take it for a spin on a new amp I purchased.